Fernando Alonso and his wife Raquel del Rosario have announced they are splitting up.

5654 - Fernando Alonso announces divorce

Alonso married del Rosario - lead singer for the Spanish rock band El Sueno de Morfeo - in 2006 after he took his second title with Renault.

"After five years of marriage, we have decided to end our relationship as a couple," a statement read. "This has been a very though about and mutual decision. We are separating from marriage, but never as friends, and there is still a very strong affection and mutual admiration to ensure the happiness of the other.

"With this statement, addressed to all who follow our careers, we wish to bring an end to any speculation. With it, we ask that the media respects our personal lives which, as you know, we have always been keen to protect."

Earlier this year, Alonso - who now drives for Ferrari - moved from Switzerland to return to his native Asturias.